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Thomas Drake, Former NSA executive

Former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake touched the third rail for an intelligence community employee in 2006. He took his concerns about broad, systemic fraud, waste and abuse to the press. The Justice Department indicted him on 10 felony counts. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in 2012. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Drake spoke with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about his decision and its consequences. <,i>Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Thomas Drake , NSA , Trust Redefined , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:16pm EDT
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Thomas Drake's decision to blow the whistle was a matter of conscience, Constitution

Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Thomas Drake about his decision to go public with what he called waste, fraud and abuse at the NSA. Drake is one of the few federal employees to be brought up on non-spy charges under the Espionage Act.

Tags: Thomas Drake , NSA , Trust Redefined , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:03am EDT
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Whistleblower cases have gone 'through the roof,' even as OSC faces uncertain budget

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency tasked with investigating federal-agency whistleblower claims and protecting whistleblowers, themselves, from retaliation has seen demand for its work skyrocket in the wake of recent legislative changes. Now, Carolyn Lerner, the head of the OSC, said she hopes the small agency's budget will keep pace.

Tags: OSC , Carolyn Lerner , workforce , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 05:23pm EST
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Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Tags: Tom Devine , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Chuck Grassley , Susan Collins , Senate , sexual assaults , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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Gallup to pay millions to settle complaints of inflated contract prices

Polling and research firm Gallup will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act. The government alleged Gallup knowingly inflated contract prices.

Tags: Timothy Cannon , Michael Lindley , State Department , U.S. Mint , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Gallup , acquisition , FEMA , Ronald C. Machen Jr. , Stuart F. Delery , Cogan Schneier ,

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:42pm EDT

Whistleblower suit leads to $12M false claims settlement by SAIC

The lawsuit, filed by Richard Priem, a 16-year SAIC employee and Army veteran, alleged the company inflated contract costs by claiming the training program would be staffed by full-time SAIC employees. However, according to the lawsuit, SAIC instead used cheaper part-time employees and pocketed the difference.

Tags: DoJ , industry , False Claims Act , SAIC , Tim McCormack , Phillips & Cohen , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/17/2013, 04:36pm EDT
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Global defense contractor settles overbilling suit

Global defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. has agreed to pay $11.75 million to settle a federal civil claim alleging it overbilled the government for homeland security training programs.

Tags: SAIC , Justice Department , Ken Gonzales , industry ,

Friday - 06/14/2013, 08:22am EDT

NSA contract worker is surveillance source

Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed himself Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the revelation of the intelligence-gathering programs as reckless and said it has done "huge, grave damage."

Tags: NSA , CIA , Edward Snowden , Booz Allen Hamilton , industry , cybersecurity , technology , PRISM , FBI , Justice Department , James Clapper

Monday - 06/10/2013, 03:36am EDT

NSA whistleblowers say agency casts wide net

Tags: NSA , technology , cybersecurity ,

Sunday - 06/09/2013, 11:38am EDT

Court ruling could tie OSC's hands when it comes whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is "deeply concerned" about the implications of a federal court ruling that stripped low-level Defense Department employees of their ability to appeal suspensions and demotions outside the agency. OSC, which filed an amicus brief earlier this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is worried the ruling could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Tags: oversight , workforce , MSPB , OSC , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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